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Definition something that creates growth or excitement, or something that causes an action
in various senses, including:
  • economic stimulus — something that makes the economy grow
  • biological or psychological stimulus — something that makes the body react in a particular way such as when more light make the eye pupil shrink, or when lack of sleep causes stress
  • We're hoping the stimulus package will increase the number and quality of available jobs.
stimulus = something that creates growth (in this case economic growth)
  • We are measuring reaction to deep-brain electronic stimulus.
  • stimulus = something that causes a reaction
  • The Fed is concerned that further stimulus will lead to inflation.
  • stimulus = something that creates growth (in this case economic growth)
  • Under the stimulus of his exhilarating life, I would have been his wife as well as the mother of his children.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • "Money isn't the only stimulus that brings out the best that's in a man, even in America."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • There were too many stimuli, in this water, under this sky, the light a latticework shifting over her bright flesh.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • 'You anticipate, sir,' said Mr. Chillip, his eyelids getting quite red with the unwonted stimulus in which he was indulging.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He seemed to have lost the power of intellectual effort, now that the stimulus of pain had been removed.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The lack of any mental stimuli.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Our flesh shrinks from what it dreads and responds to the stimulus of what it desires by a purely reflex action of the nervous system.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • You got that 'stimulus' out of one of these fool stories about wives that don't know when they're well off.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • She'll need to be taught to protect herself and control her powers before the stimuli from the physical world drive her mad.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • The situation had nothing to do with race—it was a learned reaction to the stimulus of a physical challenge.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • It was evident, from Mr. Trotter's flushed countenance and defective intonation, that he, too, had had recourse to vinous stimulus.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Even he was sensible of the decorous atmosphere and even he began to respond to the religious stimulus.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • A sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied in a different modality.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • I felt drugged, disengaged, thoroughly insulated from external stimuli.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • When they find either thing, they stop to enjoy the visual stimuli.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • She had spent about half of her time at St. Stefan's strapped to the bed in the "stimulus-free" room.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The infant's brain develops in response to stimuli.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise

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